Sam Neill: ‘I should be at Pinewood. The Jurassic World III sets are there waiting’

Sam Neill: ‘I should be at Pinewood. The Jurassic World III sets are there waiting’

Sam Neill, star of Jurassic Park, The Piano and Peaky Blinders, is one of the best known screen faces of the last 30 years. Yet the actor finds the idea of fame ridiculous and spends much of his time now laughing at celebrity culture, he told the Observer. “I take great care to avoid anything to do with it and then no one troubles me if I go out to get a sandwich or something,” he said. Neill, a New Zealander, spoke from Australia of his joy in making fun of the fuss around VIPs and the wider publicity industry ahead of the release tomorrow of the DVD of the popular British television series Flack. “I have never regarded myself as a celebrity, and I don’t feel I have ever been massively famous over here, on my side of the world. The only thing that really blindsided me was the huge Comic-Con gathering of fans for Jurassic Park. People went ballistic. There is a big concentration of a certain type of people. Very nice people, but one type.” The actor and his latest team of Jurassic co-stars were due to start filming in England on Jurassic World III this month, until the pandemic struck, but he said there is still hope that some work can resume in July. “I should be going into Pinewood at 6am. All the sets are there, waiting,” said Neill, adding that Britain holds a big place in his heart, and that he is yearning to eat out again in ...
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